Harper Punches Ticket To Beijing With 3rd-Place Finish In 100m Hurdles

July 6, 2008

Bruin alum Dawn Harper had a career day in Eugene, OR on the final day of the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials as the 2006 graduate qualified for her first Olympic Games. Harper finished third in the final of the 100m hurdles in a time of 12.62 to earn a spot on Team USA. In the semifinal round, Harper ran a lifetime-best 12.58 to qualify fifth overall into the final.

Harper joins several alums on Team USA including Jessica Cosby, Sheena (Johnson) Tosta, Amy Acuff, Suzy Powell Roos and Monique Henderson.

Also in the hurdles, alum Joanna Hayes finished seventh overall in a time of 12.96 and will not head to Beijing to defend her 2004 Olympic hurdles crown. Hayes was sixth in the semifinal round (12.68) to advance to the final.

Michelle Perry, the two-time World Champion in the hurdles, opted to run without her left hamstring taped during the semifinal round and failed to advance to the final. Perry was 10th overall in a time of 12.79.

In the pole vault, alum Tracy O'Hara finished fifth with a clearance of 14-9, while 2006 graduate Chelsea Johnson tied for fourth (14-5.25).

Bruin alum Jon Rankin had an impressive run in the 1500m final, missing a spot on the Olympic team by 0.75 seconds as he placed sixth in a time of 3:41.75.

Senior-to-be Kevin Craddock pulled out of the 110m hurdle semifinal after experiencing discomfort in his groin warming up. Craddock had not raced in nearly a month after injuring the groin the week leading up to the NCAA Championships, and after two rounds in the same day on Saturday, began to feel some pain in his left groin. He pulled out of the meet as a precaution.

In the discus final, Bruin alum John Godina finished 12th with a mark of 187-11.

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